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Residency, Day 2

The garden is a lovely place. I sat down on the sun-warmed bench and watched birds. They have slightly different bees here. A bit smaller, a bit zippier, a sort of watery yellow rather than the usual brighter shade I see at home. I have seen exactly one of these bees back home. I suspect they are a kind of invading species, because they do look slightly more dangerous than our friendly, lovely bees. We ended up killing thousands of the friendly, lovely critters last week because they'd renovated our compost bin and were very happy to move in. I wished we didn't have to. A garden without bees is pretty miserable.

There's lots of lovely overgrowth on these two acres. The hedge walling the path from the house has sprays of blue flowers. They look like exoras. That bougainvillea in drag is starting to cling to the eucalyptus tree in front of my window. I saw a pair of gardening shears in the kitchen. I must be tempted not to trim the plant because it's not really my job.

Sat down on the sun-warmed steps in front of the admin office to play with the local cat. He has a tag and a bell and no nipples, so I assume he's a skinny tomcat. The regular admin thinks he's androgynous. Whatever he is and whoever he is, he's a very friendly cat. He was constantly trying to rub against my leg and seemed to really like sitting on my lap. I love furry animals that like me, but that's two days and two of my tops covered in cat hair. Must resist picking up the cat. Also, the cat followed me into the kitchen and ate a plate of unknown green pellets next to the fridge. I'm dreadfully frightened that could be rat poison. Had to keep dragging him away from the plate and finally put him outside.

If tomorrow works out, and I just have to sidestep a scriptwriting group that's meeting in the morning, I'd like to be able to sit in the garden again.

Last night, one of the Thursday Night Group writers taught me how to recognize a few local trees from the grain of the wood. I kind of remember how to recognize jackarandah and she-oak, er, I think biloba. At any rate, the grains were beautiful, and I really just liked to observe the textures and patterns they brought out.



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Nov. 17th, 2006 09:42 pm (UTC)
not only do i find it very endearing for you to notice different bees, i cherish the fact you want to know the names of the living things around you. i find that very important. beautiful entry- thank you!
Nov. 18th, 2006 03:01 am (UTC)
Thank you, mal. I'm happy you enjoyed my post. It was sweet of you to say so, and it did make me very glad. :)

Our region currently has a problem with invasive foreign bees from local honey farms. Last year, it was wasps, and I guess bees are far less horrible to have. I'm still looking to see if we have a hive on the grounds.

I do want to know what grows and lives in this area. Because they were here before me, I think it's important to respect them. There's quite a number of things in this garden I'll need to ask someone about. Because it was allowed to go wild for so long, there are also things I'm sure are wild edible plants, though I'm not sure exactly what kind. For example, there's something very much like wild amaranth on the far end of the garden, and it'd be lovely if I could have wild spinach salad one of these days.
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